This is a high level overview
about how to make a
prosthetic hook using carbon fiber cloth over a metal core.
If you have need for a
prosthesis please, please, please by
all means go to a specialist and let them help you out.
I did just that and got a person who truly
cared, listened to my concerns and did the best that he could for me.
I suffered an amputation of my
last three fingers. I have full use of my
thumb and index finger
so I am not technically considered handicapped. I
have been told that I am considered to have 80% use of my
hand. However by missing three fingers
I do not have grip strength or the ability to hold on with one hand. I wanted a prosthesis that would allow my to
lift weights and water ski again. The
very first attempt by the prosthesis specialist came very close to
this need. He told me that the hardest
part is figuring out how to attach any prosthesis and it may take a
try's to get it right. The hook they
made me worked OK for lifting weights but the first time I tried it for
skiing, it popped off of my hand and sunk to the bottom of the lake. That was the end of my
I am a handy person and had read
about doing fiberglass lay
up so thought I make a hook for a lot less and get it EXACTLY like I
it. I was very proud of my first
attempt and took to the prothesis people to do the straps for me. He was impressed with the quality of the
work and installed straps for me. The
hook was terrible and did not work well at all. I
am currently using my third attempt and it works GREAT!
I was able to get up on water skis for first
time since my amputation.
But I think I can do better and
am working on my fourth
. Enough about me if you think you
want to try this, read on.